Bare Republic Neon Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Electric Blue
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Bare Republic

Neon Sunscreen Stick SPF 50

0.30 fl. oz. for $ 8.99
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If you’re looking for a colorful way to protect your skin from sun damage while enjoying time outdoors, then the water-resistant Neon Sunscreen Stick SPF 50 from Bare Republic is a must-try.

This stick sunscreen is packaged in a small, perfectly portable container that allows you to swivel up the sunscreen from a dial at the bottom. Although it’s thick (too thick and occlusive for acne-prone skin), it spreads well over small areas—precisely how you’d want to use this unless you want a neon color all over!

Speaking of color, Bare Republic offers this pure mineral (zinc oxide only) sunscreen in six fun neon-tinged hues, including blue, pink, orange, and green. Each one goes on fairly intense and is difficult to sheer down, so it’s important that you like the color before swiping this on.

In use, this provides gentle broad-spectrum sun protection that’s perfect for smaller or easily neglected areas more prone to sunburn such as the tops of ears, bridge of the nose, tops of cheekbones, and shoulders. Again, most will find that the bright neon colors don’t look great applied over large areas, so think of this as an extra layer of sun protection. Apply your regular sunscreen first, then do a second pass over the most burn-prone areas.

On the downside, the tenacious formula and tint takes more effort than usual to remove. We found that removing this with a cleansing oil or silicone-based makeup remover worked best; regular face and body cleansers left traces of neon color on skin.

We should also mention that each neon sunscreen contains either fragrance or flavor (which imparts scent) but in every case the amount is so subtle that it’s only a bit concerning.

Note that this sunscreen’s inactive ingredients are listed in alphabetical rather than descending order. This is permissible because sunscreens are regulated as over-the-counter drugs in the U.S.; however, it doesn’t give the consumer a good idea of how much they’re getting of any particular ingredient.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum, pure mineral sun protection.
  • Convenient to carry, so it’s great for reapplication.
  • A fun way to add a second layer of sun protection to key areas.
Cons:
  • Tenacious tints are difficult to wash off.
  • Too thick and occlusive for breakout-prone areas of the face.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Protect with style using our cruelty-free mineral active sunscreen sticks! Go wild with bold colors and unique scents derived from food-grade ingredients. Be part of the California Republic™ and share your Bare with #bareyourcolor!

Lightning Yellow Ingredients:Active: Zinc Oxide 25%; Inactive Ingredients: Bismuth Oxychloride {CI 77163}, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Flavor, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Maltodextrin, Ozokerite, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Yellow 5 Lake {CI 19140}.Punk Rock Pink Ingredients:Active: Zinc Oxide 25%; Inactive Ingredients: Bismuth Oxychloride {CI 77163}, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Fragrance, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Maltodextrin, Ozokerite, Red 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter.Electric Blue Ingredients:Active: Zinc Oxide 25%; Inactive Ingredients: Bismuth Oxychloride {CI 77163}, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Fragrance, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Maltodextrin, Ozokerite, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Ultramarines.Wicked Purple Ingredients:Active: Zinc Oxide 25%; Inactive Ingredients: Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Butyloctyl Salicylate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Fragrance, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Maltodextrin, Ozokerite, Red 7 Lake, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Ultramarines.Goblin Green Ingredients:Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 25%; Inactive Ingredients: Bismuth Oxychloride {CI 77163}, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Chromium Hydroxide Green {CI 77289}, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Flavor, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Maltodextrin, Ozokerite, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Yellow 10 Lake {CI 47005}Atomic Orange Ingredients:Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 25%; Inactive Ingredients: Bismuth Oxychloride {CI 77163}, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Fragrance, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Iron Oxide {CI 77491}, Maltodextrin, Ozokerite, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Yellow 5 Lake {CI 19140}, Yellow 6 Lake {CI 15985}

An offshoot of the popular (and more expensive) COOLA brand of sunscreens, Bare Republic focuses on mineral-only sun protection catering to the entire family of outdoor enthusiasts. Based in Southern California, the name is a pun on that state’s nickname (“The Bear Republic”) and reflects the ideology of a lifestyle focused on routinely spending time in the sun.

For the most part, Bare Republic gets its sunscreens right: all its offerings focus on SPF ratings that are at least 30, and in most cases even higher. Given SPF 30 and up is recommended by medical boards around the world, clearly Bear Republic did their SPF homework—you’ll be getting reliable broad-spectrum protection.

In most cases the products are also affordable, meaning you’ll be more likely to apply these sunscreens liberally to get the most from them.

A couple of missteps occur, like the inclusion of fragrance ingredients in some of the products that mean these mineral sunscreens aren’t ideal for those with sensitive skin (and sensitive skin usually responds best to mineral sunscreens).

Speaking of those fragrances, Bare Republic claims its sunscreens are free of synthetic fragrance ingredients in an effort to be eco-friendly. While the brand does use natural fragrance sources like coconut and vanilla, it also uses synthetic fragrance ingredients like heliotropine and gamma decalactone, making this claim disingenuous.

For more information about the brand, visit https://www.gobareoutside.com/.

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